Overture Center, through Sept. 12
The new exhibitions include "Kingdom of Animals," featuring members of the Center for Photography at Madison; porcelain paintings by Capitol Artists; and works by disabled artists from VSA Arts of Wisconsin.
Intercontinental Dance Festival
UW Lathrop Hall, 5:30 pm
The UW Dance Program hosts this new event, featuring everything from ballet to modern dance to Appalachian flatfooting. It includes UW stars, international guest artists, and teachers and choreographers from around the country, who will participate in classes and give 5:30 pm public performances from June 25 to 29. The first performance features solos by Li Chiao-Ping Dance and choreography by Chris Walker of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica.
The Getaway Drivers
High Noon Saloon, 6 pm
Singer/songwriter Bob Manor leads the Getaway Drivers through amiable Americana hybrids and moody alt-country on the band's varied new CD.
Concerts on the Square
Capitol Square, 7 pm
Blanket? Check. Picnic basket? Check. It's time to stake out your place on the Capitol Square for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's pops series, which combine two of life's greatest pleasures: music and food. The first concert features Mozart, Beethoven and young cellist Stephanie Smith, not to mention Famous Dave's ribs in the vendor area.
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Wisconsin Union Theater, 8:30 pm
Fela Kuti's son salutes his famous dad and makes his own mark with the late Nigerian superstar's hard-grooving band.
Annex, 9:30 pm
The wacky Russians rock out on their outsized balalaikas.
Summerfest Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, through July 8
The sprawling music festival will draw its fair share of Madison fans. Wolfmother, Dickey Betts, Puddle of Mudd, Steely Dan and Milwaukee's own Violent Femmes will all be on hand to kick off the festivities.
The Merchant of Venice
American Players Theatre in Spring Green, 7:30 pm
APT tackles one of Shakespeare's most vexing plays, at least for contemporary audiences. James DeVita is the merchant Antonio, who owes a pound of flesh to the Jewish moneylender Shylock.
Cafe Montmartre, 8 pm
Some of Peacock's polished recent work sounds like it was recorded in the '70s, at the height of the singer-songwriter movement.
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 9:30 pm
The eco-aware Cloud Cult's mix of electronic atmosphere and prog grandiosity is typical Terrace fare. Prepare to have your head expanded.
Annex, 9:30 pm
Thanks to a steady stream of positive national press, these Beatles-loving Madison expats are certain to place some of their buoyant pop-rock on a teen-movie soundtrack or two.